There are only two truly worthy global human endeavors:
1. Humane Birthing. Find out more from the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.
2. Space Exploration. Find out more from the Augustine Commission.
Pass it on.
If you are not yet convinced about the global need for humane care for pregnant and birthing women, google (or bing, or yahoo…) “fistula.” If you want more first world information, compare medical birth with what’s on YouTube; while these two approaches to birth are at odds in contemporary medicine, in a humane setting they are both necessary.
As for space, let me paraphrase Craig Nelson’s notion: In time, the Earth will perish. This is nothing you need to lose sleep over. It will be a long, long time before this happens. But, we need to start now to prepare. In time, the Earth will perish, and we will need to be somewhere else when that happens.
These two things will reap all the rewards that need be reaped. The enabling of safe motherhood and our movement into space are the only things that ensure human survival.